Ilkay Gundogan has landed a four-year deal worth £21 million with Manchester City, making it Pep Guardiola’s first Manchester City signing for the summer.
City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, who confirmed the transfer said: “Ilkay is an intelligent and versatile midfielder who can operate in a number of different roles. I think our supporters will enjoy his work ethic and technical ability and I believe he will be a very important player for us in the coming years.”
Gundogan, 25, has been a key player for Dortmund during his five years at the club, he has made 157 appearances and won 16 international caps. He has won a Bundesliga title, three German Cups, and reached the final of the Champions League.
The central midfielder who currently has an injured with a dislocated kneecap, which has ruled him out of Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign and could see him sidelined for a further five months.
Speaking after sealing the deal with the City, he said:
“It feels amazing to be a Manchester City player. It is a new chapter in my life so I am very happy that it’s sorted. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and I’m very happy. I have to thank Pep Guardiola who I spoke to a lot about this move and also Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain who I had intense conversations with. From the first moment I was sure it was the right thing for me.
“To play in the Premier League and to play for one of the best teams in the Premier League is a big challenge. I am very happy to join the Manchester City family.”
Gundogan has become the second key Dortmund player to leave the club already this year, after centre-back Mats Hummels signed for Bayern Munich.